A company which provides care that enables people to remain in their homes in Barnsley has announced plans to create up to 75 new jobs over the next 12 months in order to meet demand for its services.
Caremark (Barnsley) currently provides 1,650 hours of care each week to 125 people living in Barnsley and the surrounding area.
The company, which has its head office on the town’s Redbrook Business Park is planning to increase this to at least 2,500 hours by the end of the year.
This is as a result of increased demand for its services from publicly and privately funded clients across Barnsley, especially in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic where staying at home became safer for older people than going into hospital or residential care.
But in order to achieve this growth, Caremark (Barnsley), which is a preferred provider of care for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, needs increase its staff team from 110 to 185, creating 75 new jobs for local people.
Varghese Thomas, Business Manager at Caremark (Barnsley) said: “There is growing demand for home care services especially as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in the mortality rate being highest among people aged 80 and over.
“Being at home over the last year has been safer than anywhere else so we are getting more enquiries fro people who want to remain in their own home but need support to enable them to do this.
“To meet this demand, we are looking to grow the number of care hours we provide by at least 30% throughout the rest of 2021, but obviously to do this we need to recruit the staff who will help us deliver this care.”
The support Caremark (Barnsley) provides ranges from simple things such as helping with meals and household chores, through to supporting people with more complex care needs, such as physical and learning disabilities, dementia, and autism.
Varghese added: “Our care and support workers have worked on the frontline throughout the whole of the pandemic, ensuring our customers can remain living as independently as possible in their own homes.
“It’s a job which is not always easy, but which is immensely rewarding, providing the opportunity to have a real, positive impact on people’s lives at a growing organisation that genuinely cares.”